Expanding Career and Technical Education Opportunities

March 2, 2021

Referendum is Approved

Thank you to all the voters of our Eastern Iowa Community Colleges service area. The bond referendum to support expanding career and technical education was approved with more than 70 percent of voters supporting the measure.

Expanding career and technical education in our region

Residents approved the bond referendum for new Career and Technical Education labs and facilities and expansion of existing classroom buildings to support EICC’s Career and Technical Education programs, and Career Academies for high school students.

This $40 million bond levy replaces one approved by voters in 2007 that ends this year. Retiring bonds approved by voters in 2007 means that the property taxes to be levied for this project means there will be no significant impact on what taxpayers are already contributing, with the total tax levy rate for the bonds for the next ten years averaging no more than, and likely less, than the rate for the last ten years.

New and expanded classrooms and labs

Funds will be used for new and expanded career training labs at EICC’s Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community College main campuses, the Blong Technology Center and CCC’s Maquoketa center. They will also be used for a new facility in DeWitt and a new agriculture education center in Scott County.

Meeting community needs

The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Board of Trustees approved the bond referendum based on the urgent and compelling need for Career and Technical Education for both adults and high school students in our region.

The economic future of Eastern Iowa depends on a skilled workforce, and 65 percent of the jobs of today and tomorrow require education and training beyond high school. Expanding career and technical education throughout the region, especially in our rural communities, increases access and opportunities for eastern Iowans to build the skills necessary for a prosperous and productive future.

What are high school Career Academies? 

Career Academies, a key piece of the proposed expansion, are partnerships with area high schools that provide students the opportunity to receive hands-on career training and college credits while still in high school. Career Academies provide a clear career path and goal for high school students and are especially beneficial for those students who might not normally pursue further education or training after high school.  A number of area school boards have approved resolutions in support of the referendum because of the jump start these programs will provide for their students’ careers.

Expanded and proposed program areas

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture Mechanics and Diesel Technology
  • Allied Health and Nursing
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business
  • Construction Technology and Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Engineering Technology
  • Information Technology, including Programming, Networking, Cyber Security and Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Polymer Technology
  • Welding